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When Faisal Vawda, Murad Saeed Wanted To Hang Opponents For Corruption

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Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ministers have been criticising the judgement for the high treason verdict awarded to former president Pervez Musharraf recently. The PM called the verdict unconstitutional, illegal and ‘against the shariah’ while the law minister said it was ‘against the dignity of man’.

Justice Waqar Ahmed Seth’s statement in paragraph 66 ordering that if Musharraf dies before he is punished, his body should be dragged to D-Chowk and then hung for three days, was particularly criticised and the government also reportedly decided to file a reference against him in Supreme Judicial Council.

But the sentiments expressed in the judgement are no different from what the PTI reps have been saying about their opponents. All PTI politicians including the PM are on record saying that anyone who loots and plunders the people should be hanged in public at D-Chowk.

Prior to the elections in 2014, Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Saeed had addressed the parliament and said ‘anyone who has stolen from the people should be hanged at D-Chowk and their assets should be taken over by the state’.

Similarly, Minister of Water Resources Faisal Vawda in June said ‘before someone is hanged, they should be dragged behind a car and then taken to be hanged’.

In July, a hashtag calling for arrest of journalists critical of the government was initiated by PTI supporters and it ended up becoming a trending topic on Twitter.

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